March 2013 Blog Posts (9)

XL Canopy Safety Lock/Pin - Simple solution

I'm reposting this for those of you that don't have a canopy safety lock. There are other options, don't choose, none of the above.


We had this discussion a year or so ago, I installed a temporary solution until I was able to come up with a simple solution. The potential problem had been the canopy opening in flight, not a good thing. Like many of you, I wanted to add a Lock/latch/pin that was engaged after closing the canopy and engaging the…


Added by Jake Reyna on March 31, 2013 at 7:44am — 3 Comments

Robo motor

Apreciados compañeros.
Os suponemos enterados de la intrusión acaecida durante la madrugada del pasado sábado dia 23 en las instalaciones del Aèri Club Alt Camp de Vallmoll (Tarragona-Catalunya-España) cuya consecuencia ha sido el robo de seis motores Rotax 912 (3 de 100CV y 3 de 80CV) y de instrumentación aeronáutica variada. Podeis…

Added by Domingo Batista on March 26, 2013 at 1:57pm — No Comments


Just finished making the 4 slats and had the unpleasant task of rejecting 1 outboard slat due to dissimilar profile to the other 3. De- riveted and made up 3 new ribs to reassemble. The cause of the problem was the nose of the ribs were not fitted 100% correct so when all is done and riveted the resulting curve profile is different to the mating slat, ie you cant get the 2 slats, inboard and outboard to slide together. So tip to fellow scratch builders doing slats is make absolutely sure the…


Added by Raymond Paul on March 19, 2013 at 4:52am — No Comments

Tail Section Complete

Elevator Completed. Now I will take it apart for deburring and prime. EAA advisor came out and looked at the tail section and said everything looks good. No concerns at all. Clearly he did not look close enough. :)  I am going to put the final rivets in this week. The fuse kit will be here next week.

Added by Doug Schmalzel on March 18, 2013 at 11:28am — No Comments

Zenith STOL CH 701 Air Drops help African communities grow...

Those who know what we do will remember that we are authorised to drop health education materials to rural communities using our specially modified, Rotax 912iS powered, STOL CH 701 aircraft.  As part of this we made the first ever aerial supply drops into the Afram…


Added by Jonathan Porter on March 18, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

*Long* X-Country

Did a long cross-country on Saturday. It was a 300NM flight, taking 5 hours of time (including touch and gos, ect). 19.5 gallons burned.

Landed at four airports that were new to me and to the 7-Oh-Fun.

That leaves only 11 public airports in Western Washington that I have not landed the 701 at.



Added by John Marzulli on March 10, 2013 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Ivo Props

What have you heard and/or experienced regarding use of a variable pitch Ivo prop with a 360 Lycoming in a Zenith 801?  I will appreciate all comments, thoughts, etc.  Thanks, Ed

Added by edward bilbao on March 9, 2013 at 1:10pm — 4 Comments


Headed to the EAA meeting tonight to arrange for and advisor come out and bless my tail section before I rivet the skins. The fuse kit is supposed to ship on the 25th. I need to make room. I wonder how tail heavy my flightstar would be with a Zeith tail section? I cant help myself it is soooo shiny. Boy i sure like shiny.

Added by Doug Schmalzel on March 7, 2013 at 11:05am — No Comments

Research and Results for Fuel Supply Solutions Rotax 912iS

Finally we have reached the point where we consider that we have expressed how we have established our fuel system for the 912iS in our test bed CH701.  No, it does not contain all that we wanted to, but we feel that it conveys the points about what we have done, why we have done it and what we would prefer to do.

We LOVE LOVE LOVE the engine and the airframe combination.  It is a great airframe and a great engine.  A marriage of heavenly proportions, for us and what we use…


Added by Jonathan Porter on March 5, 2013 at 12:06am — 10 Comments

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